Author Archives: Bridgette Smith

A Good Square Meal

A Good Square Meal

For those who would rather consume meal-replacement products than cook a meal, an alternative to the meal-replacement drink Soylent will soon be available. According to Business Insider, Mealsquares are solid, whole-food meal-replacement products that may appeal to those who prefer to eat a meal rather than drink it. Each square provides 400 calories in a

The Future of Personalized Nutrition

A new study recently published in the journal Cell examined how people reacted differently to the same foods and explored the possibilities for building personalized diets, according to a story that appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald. The authors created an algorithm that was more effective at predicting a “good” or “bad” personalized diet as

The Dystopian Future of Food

Although food in America is cheaper than ever, the future of food will continue to reflect a deep economic divide between classes, according to Paste. That division is in the form of those who can afford the expense of organic, healthy foods and those who rely on cheaper heavily processed foods for daily meals. For

A Look at the Diet of 2050

A recent article in Forbes Israel takes a look at some of the things that might be on the dinner table of 2050. Predictions include genetically engineered functional foods like fish with added omega-3s, products tailored to every segment of the population, personalized 3-D-printed foods, fortified food rations for developing countries, superfoods such as algae,

Homegrown is the new local food movement

The Open Agriculture Lab (OAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has recently suggested that as much as 40% of an urban diet could eventually be produced in a domestic context. According to an article on Circulate, OAL is actively working to develop domestic grow-boxes, which create controlled environments, where deliberate combinations of temperature,

Should chickens eat bugs?

Most farmland isn’t growing food that people will eat—it’s used to grow crops that feed livestock. According to a Fast Company article, a new project—called PROteINSECT—looks at an alternative: What if we fed chickens and pigs with bugs rather than land-intensive soy or corn? Insects can be raised using a tiny fraction of the space

The Floating Greenhouse

Composed of a wood and plastic dome and a base of recycled plastic drums, the Jellyfish Barge is a floating greenhouse that desalinates seawater to irrigate and grow plants. The water gets recycled over and over into a hydroponic system, which allows crops to grow in an inert bed of clay enriched by mineral nutrients.

Cities Lead the Sustainable Food Effort

After a 20th century marked by the rise of industrial food, people are starting to see how much the way we eat affects our bodies, our social structures, and the planet. According to the Vancouver Observer article, cities are leading a charge of healing and connection, driven in large part by local entrepreneurs. With the